The Parent Trope

Let's hope the little bundle of joy doesn't spit up on that dress.

Socrates: My friend, I am a man, and like other men, a creature of flesh and blood, and not 'of wood or stone,' as Homer says; and I have a family, yes, and sons, O Athenians, three in number, one almost a man, and two others who are still young

Of course parents can be important in fiction, whether or not they are actually around.

For the other side of things, see Son of Trope, Daughter of Index

Not to be confused with Super Trope.

Tropes:

Subcategory:
  • Absurdly Youthful Mother
  • Action Dad
  • Action Mom
  • Almighty Mom
  • Amicably Divorced
  • Anticlimactic Parent
  • Antagonistic Offspring
  • Archnemesis Dad
  • Asian Babymama
  • Babies Ever After
  • Baby-Doll Baby
  • Because You Can Cope
  • Birth/Death Juxtaposition
  • Bumbling Dad
  • Children Raise You
  • Chosen Conception Partner
  • Cub Cues Protective Parent
  • Dad the Veteran
  • Dating What Daddy Hates
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best
  • Deliver Us from Evil
  • Department of Child Disservices
  • Designated Parents
  • The Diaper Change
  • Divine Parentage
  • Don't Tell Mama
  • Doting Parent
  • Education Mama
  • Elder Abuse (when the now-old parent is abused)
  • Embarrassing Old Photo
  • Empty Nest
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas
  • Evil Matriarch
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids
  • Extra Parent Conception
  • Financial Abuse
  • First Father Wins
  • Fostering for Profit
  • Freudian Excuse
  • Generation Xerox
  • Give Him a Normal Life
  • Give the Baby a Father
  • Glamorous Single Mother
  • Glorified Sperm Donor
  • Good Parents
  • Grounded Forever
  • Happily Adopted
  • Happily Married
  • Has Two Mommies
  • Hippie Parents
  • Housewife
  • House Husband
  • Human Mom, Non-Human Dad
  • I Am Not Your Father
  • I Am X, Son of Y
  • I Want Grandkids
  • Immigrant Parents
  • Invisible Parents
  • Jacob and Esau
  • Jealous Parent
  • Jewish Mother
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son
  • Lamarck Was Right
  • Let Her Grow Up, Dear
  • Like Father, Like Son
  • Like Father, Unlike Son
  • Lineage Comes from the Father
  • Luke, I Am Your Father
  • Luke, You Are My Father
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter
  • Mandatory Motherhood
  • Mama Bear
  • Missing Mom
  • Mommy Issues
  • Monster Is a Mommy
  • Mother Makes You King
  • Mother of a Thousand Young
  • Muggle Foster Parents
  • My Beloved Smother
  • My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad
  • My Parents Are Dead
  • Mysterious Parent
  • Nephewism
  • No Blood Ties
  • Not Wanting Kids Is Weird
  • Offing the Offspring
  • Open-Minded Parent
  • Orphanage of Fear
  • Outliving One's Offspring
  • Overlord Jr.
  • Overprotective Dad
  • Papa Wolf
  • Parent Service
  • Parents as People
  • Parents for a Day
  • Parents Know Their Children
  • Parental Abandonment
  • Parental Betrayal
  • Parental Hypocrisy
  • Parental Incest
  • Parental Love Song
  • Parental Marriage Veto
  • Parental Obliviousness
  • Parental Sexuality Squick
  • Parental Substitute
  • Parent Ex Machina
  • Parents in Distress
  • Parent Trap Plot
  • Parent with New Paramour
  • Patronymic
  • Pervert Dad
  • Promotion to Parent
  • Pushover Parents
  • Raised by Grandparents
  • Raised by Natives
  • Raised by Orcs
  • Raised by Wolves
  • Remarrying For Your Kids
  • Resentful Guardian
  • Shared Family Quirks
  • Single Mom Stripper
  • Sink or Swim Fatherhood
  • Sliding Scale of Parent-Shaming in Fiction
  • So Proud of You
  • Solomon Divorce
  • Stage Mom
  • Standard '50s Father
  • Stand-In Parents
  • Supernatural-Proof Father
  • Team Dad
  • Team Mom
  • Tell Me About My Father
  • That Thing Is Not My Child!
  • Through His Stomach
  • Time Out
  • Tough Love
  • The Trap Parents
  • Truly Single Parent
  • Twerp Sweating
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance
  • Unflappable Guardian
  • Unnamed Parent
  • Useless Bystander Parent
  • Visit by Divorced Dad
  • "Well Done, Dad" Guy
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?
  • Where Did We Go Wrong?
  • Who Will Take the Kids?
  • Winning Over The Kids
  • Wonder Child
  • You Are Grounded
  • You Killed My Father
  • Your Son All Along
  • You're Not My Father